Restoration starts on 127-year-old McKanes Bridge

12 May 2020

Work has started on the upgrade the historic McKanes Bridge across Coxs River at South Bowenfels.

Transport for NSW Director West Alistair Lunn said that the $10 million upgrade funded by the NSW Government will ensure the bridge meets current and future operational needs of the road network.

“The 127-year-old timber McDonald truss bridge is one of the oldest examples of its kind in New South Wales and is a vital link between Jenolan Caves Road and the Great Western Highway,” Mr Lunn said.

“The much needed restoration work will see the bridge receive a new deck and stronger supports, while maintaining its heritage.”

Stage one of the work will include vegetation removal, relocating powerlines downstream of the bridge, site establishment with site compounds and work areas constructed on either side of the bridge, and installation of a temporary support steel structure.

The bridge will remain open during stage one.

Stage two of the work will start mid to late 2020 and will include dismantling and restoration of the existing bridge components requiring repair, strengthening of the existing truss with new steel and timber elements, strengthening of the existing foundations with concrete, and final roadwork and landscaping.

“In order to complete stage two, the bridge will be closed to traffic for 12 months with a detour via Jenolan Caves Road and the Great Western Highway,” Mr Lunn said.

“While this will be an inconvenience, the long term benefits will be worth the wait.” All road users will be told in advance of stage two work starting.

Work will be carried out on weekdays from 7am to 6pm, with the full upgrade expected to be completed by late 2021, weather permitting.

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